Block stores may have Black Friday, but the first weekend in December belongs to indie craft fairs and marketplaces. So, if you're tired of the hustle and fuss-le of scavenging for cheap junk that won't last beyond the New Year, then consider these cozy craft fairs and marketplaces from around the nation.
While we can't write about every craft fair and marketplace happening across the country (or the world), we do like to highlight a handful of notable ones each week. If you'd like more people to know about your craft show or event, list it on our Craft Map and we'll gladly consider it for coverage. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bazaar Bizarre in Boston
Dec 4, 12-6
How bizarre! Video game and brass knuckle-shaped fizzy soaps, on-site letterpress printing and more will rally around this New England craft fair. And there's even an alternative to the alternative: Check out San Fran's version of the Bazaar Bizarre
, staged on the very same weekend.
Boston Center for the Arts' Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts, email@example.com, Bazaar Bizarre
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
Dec 3, 10-6
Put on by the NewNew Team, a compendium of New York-based Etsy shop owners, this craft marketplace features gourmet chocolates, laser-cut coasters and upcycled home decor, as well as a commanding sense of community.
The Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St, Brooklyn, New York, firstname.lastname@example.org, Handmade Cavalcade
Urban Craft Uprising's Winter Show
Dec 3-4, 11-5
Add a little crafty unrest to your holiday shopping with Seattle's largest indie craft show. This curated and juried shopping event hosts over 100 vendors as well as book signings and clever demos.
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington, email@example.com, Urban Craft Uprising
Dec 3-4, 11-6
$10 admission gets you into the nation's largest indie design show (it also scores you a tote bag and a few drinks). There will also be over 325 vendors featuring unique fashions and home decor, as well as DIY demos and a free photo booth portrait. What LA-ite doesn't love getting their picture taken?
The California Market Center, 110 E 9th Street, Los Angeles, California, firstname.lastname@example.org, State of Unique
Detroit Urban Craft Fair
Dec 3-4, (Sat) 10-7, (Sun) 11-6
Downtown Detroit will host this 2-day craft affair, all meant to offer an alternative to mass-produced, not-so-great goods. With over 85 vendors, this craft marketplace focuses as much on selling as socializing, and aims for shoppers to interact with their local crafter.
Artropy Arts and Crafts Show
Dec 3, 10-6
Another show fostered on the Etsy syndicate, this unique craft fair features items like plush toys from upcycled sweaters, manly crochet and just-for-doggie soaps.
Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, Missouri, email@example.com, Show Me Etsy
Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market
Dec 3, 10-6
Shopping for Christmas in your T-shirt? What's not to love! This indie craft market set in R.E.M.-country features more than just inexplicably lovely weather. Shoppers can expect a photo booth (are we noting a trend here?), art cars and lots of DIY delights.
Broad and Pope streets in the Ben's Bikes lot, 670 West Broad Street, Athens, Georgia, firstname.lastname@example.org, Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa
GLAM Indie Craft Show
Dec 4, 12-5
This cozy craft fair features 30 vendors selling such homey handmades as hand-spun yarn, gourmet cookies and the ever classy upcycled beer can light plates. Exactly what you were looking for, right?
301 N. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, email@example.com, GLAM Craft Show
Image credits (from top): Flickr.com/toomuchcoffeegirl, Bazaar Bizarre, Handmade Calvacade, Flickr.com/toomuchcoffeegirl, State of Unique, Detroit Urban Craft, Show Me Etsy, Cynthia Pendley and GLAM Craft Show